Phish - 1993

Peacock Pavilion, Cincinnati Zoo
Cincinnati, OH, United States map

Set List

Show Notes

This show took place inside the historic Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which was founded in 1875 making it the second oldest zoo in the United States. The venue was an outdoor, uncovered pavilion with a flat expanse of cement circled by a grassy knoll with a capacity of 3,200. The show was completely sold out. Some fans were seen attempting to sneak through the pen of two flesh-eating, 120-pound Komodo dragons to climb over the wall and sneak into the venue. The soundcheck featured an opening Blues Jam with some Oteil-style scatting by Trey. This was the “Tequila” show. The whole gig was interspersed with teases and quotes of Tequila (The Champs cover), most notably teases within Suzy Greenberg, Tweezer, Guelah Papyrus and You Enjoy Myself. This was reportedly inspired by Jimmy Buffett playing a show nearby. In addition to the show-spanning Tequila theme, Guelah Papyrus also included The Simpsons language. This show featured the 1st known performance of Cocaine (J.J. Cale cover popularized by Eric Clapton) sandwiched inside You Enjoy Myself as well as a brief Cocaine reprise during the vocal jam which also included some lyrics from Tweezer. By the time of this show, word of the Tampa soundcheck had spread and fans anticipated (“see the city, see the zoo”) the return of Slave To The Traffic Light, which was played publicly for the 1st time in almost two years (since 10/24/91). Cracklin’ Rosie was Dedicated to Jack McConnell on his birthday. Before Amazing Grace, Trey said “well, they told us the time has come for the animals to go to sleep so we’ve only got time for one more quick song here but we wanted to do one that would put the animals to sleep and kind of send you guys on your way.” In response to rowdy crowd requests, he joked “and it’s called Highway To Hell.” Amazing Grace was performed with microphones. After the show, the band and crew traveled 440 miles overnight to Darien Center, NY. Sadly this venue has burned down since the show.